HDS debuts 3D scaling storage platform for cost savings and agility

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Hitachi Data Systems Corp. (HDS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi Ltd., introduced Monday the Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform, a 3 dimensional scaling platform, enabling organizations to scale up, out and deep for unprecedented levels of agility and cost savings in their virtualized data centers.

The Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform (VSP), in combination with the new Hitachi Command Suite management software, offers ideal performance, capacity and open, multi-vendor storage virtualization for large businesses and enterprise organizations. Together, these solutions represent a major milestone in continued HDS’ commitment to transform data centers into dynamic information centers where access to blocks, files and content is seamless and resides in a fluid and virtualized environment.

“Hitachi has a long history of innovation and industry-leading technologies since first introducing heterogeneous storage virtualization within the storage system,” said Hu Yoshida, chief technology officer and vice president, HDS. “Today, only the Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform and Hitachi Command Suite provide the scalability and integration that will transform the data center with new levels of agility, flexibility, performance and sustainability. With unique 3D scaling and management, customers can deliver capacity and computing resources as quickly as virtual servers are created. This platform was actually built for virtualized server environments.”

The Hitachi VSP is a storage architecture that scales 3 dimensionally to help customers adapt flexibly for performance, capacity and multi-vendor storage asset utilization. Its data migration capabilities greatly reduce outage windows. Page-level dynamic tiering automates the page-based movement of data to the most appropriate storage media to simplify and optimize tier costs and performance.

With new 2.5-inch SAS hard disk drives, it is the highest density storage available. And, with more than 30 percent less power consumption for capacity stored than the competition, it is an efficient enterprise storage platform. 3D scaling delivers extreme performance and capacity for robust disaster recovery and high availability systems.

The Hitachi VSP scales up to meet increasing demands of applications and servers, by scaling dynamically for performance, capacity, and connectivity without disruption, adding incremental resources as demand for storage resources increases by tightly coupling them through a global cache, and scaling resources non-disruptively, including caches, ports, and drives to meet demands. The VSP also scales out to support multiple servers with changing workload requirements by building out the storage system by combining multiple units into a single logical system, provisioning storage dynamically to multiple host servers on demand from a common pool of storage resources, tailoring for workloads and server needs without compromise, and achieving high performance for open and mainframe environments.

The VSP also scales down to extend the platform’s capabilities and value to heterogeneous storage to integrate multi-vendor external storage into the storage pool with scale up and scale out functionality, provide a single platform for block, file and content with central management, data protection and search, use lower cost external storage for lower cost purposes, and reduce operating expenses through a common management framework.

“Today’s data centers are reaching an inflection point, evolving into something that is more agile, scalable and efficient,” said Roger W. Cox, research vice president, Gartner Inc. “Storage vendors that deliver on the critical requirements, such as 3D scaling, are what enterprises are looking for to transform their data center into an infrastructure that meets the demanding requirements of today’s virtualized environment.”

Companies that will benefit from the Hitachi VSP are those with massive scalability requirements, such as virtualized server environments or those looking to facilitate and optimize their cloud deployments, including integration with server virtualization platforms like VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V for end-to-end visibility from individual virtual machine to storage logical unit and protection of large-scale multi-vendor environments, including integration with the Hitachi NAS Platform for ideal performance and scalability, single namespace, unprecedented intelligent file and objects tiering, and the fastest performing NFS protocol for VMs (virtual machine), foundation for organizations moving toward the Hitachi Unified Compute Platform, which consists of servers, storage and network assets managed as inclusive business resources to put the right data in the right place at the right time.

The Hitachi Command Suite, integrated with reliable hardware, enables “worry free scaling” of large numbers of virtual machines and manages even the largest infrastructures and application deployments. It provides effective reporting and management to maximize IT asset utilization within complex infrastructures, unified management for virtual tiered storage and server environments, and improved business application availability, performance and access to critical data. Organizations powered by the Hitachi Command Suite simply and effectively develop and manage their next generation virtualized data centers to reduce risks and operational costs, operate efficiently, and a realize return on their storage asset investments.

Through unique management in three dimensions, the Hitachi Command Suite helps customers lower costs and properly manages all data types, by managing to increase management automation and efficiency for storage, computing and virtual infrastructures, and managing more than 5 million objects and 255 PB (petabytes) of virtualized capacity under one management server. The Hitachi Command Suite also manages out to build a single, consolidated multi-vendor storage management framework with the breadth to manage storage, servers and the IT infrastructure, unify management for block, file and content across all Hitachi storage, and create end-to-end visibility and correlation of applications, virtual machines and servers, and logical storage devices for traditional and virtualized VMware and Microsoft Hyper V environments.

The Hitachi Command Suite also helps to manage deep by managing data center complexities with an integrated suite for the highest operational efficiency, incorporating both capacity and performance for service level management, and gaining application visibility into the virtualized or cloud infrastructure through a dashboard that shows the status of the application’s service level agreement (SLA), actual storage resources being utilized, health of storage assets, and utilization trend lines.

The Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform and Hitachi Command Suite are available worldwide.